Lathes, Mills, Drills Part 2

Part Two: Picking the right size and the import machinery market

by Richard MacLean

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There are gunsmiths in the far-off Land of Oz who have access to unlimited floor space, three-phase power, high bay entrances, and money to buy new Bridgeport vertical mills, South Bend lathes, and Dayton floor drill presses. For the rest of us living in the real world the pitfalls of buying metal working machinery are as numerous as the options. In Part One of this series we discussed key considerations in buying industrial-sized machinery and, specifically, cautions when buying used equipment. In this second and final part we offer some guidelines on sizing equipment for gunsmithing, examine the import market and consider “three-in-one” combination units that can be a practical choice to those who need to perform lathe, milling and drilling operations but are on a budget and have limited space.

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